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Master's degree

Master of Music

03 October 2023

UC's Master of Music (MMus) lets you take your composition or performance studies to a more advanced technical level and gain breadth and depth of appreciation in your specialist field. Learn more about studying a Master of Music through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.


Master of Music

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Master of Music

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $8,344
  • International — $40,600


Master of Music


The Master of Music allows students to take composition or performance studies to a more advanced technical level, and to gain breadth and depth of appreciation in their specialist field. It is an ideal pathway for those interested in undertaking a completely research-based degree.

The Master of Music may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

Music student playing the lute

Master of Music

Entry requirements

You must have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor of Music with Honours with at least a B Grade Point Average, and been approved to enrol. You should choose courses carefully to ensure prerequisites have been met.

Evidence of musical ability is required for entry – see 'How to apply' below.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Music or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

Contact the Department of Music for information on the enrolment process.

  • Evidence of composition quality is required.
  • Entry to the performance option is limited and applications for auditions are required. Applications close on 15 September of the preceding year. Subject to approval by the Programme Coordinator.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Music

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:


2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,344
  • International — $40,600

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,117
  • International — $39,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40


Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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